Happy Days Will Come To You All Year

Last year, on Bart’s birthday, I promised a non-mushy post. This year, I’m afraid I can make no such guarantee.

I think Bart and I would both be quick to say that this past year has been, far and away, the most fun and happy year of our marriage. I don’t think that at any point in our relationship have we enjoyed each other and our lives together as much as we do now.

I don’t have grand, wonderful things to say about our lives. Our life is ordinary – jobs, church, apartment, baby on the way – but it feels remarkable to me. Last night, when Bart got home from work, we sat in the kitchen with the windows open, eating dinner. We laughed and talked about our days, did the dishes, and settled in for a few hours at home before going to bed. It was a very typical evening, nothing specifically interesting to write about, but it seems almost magical to me.

I am so happy with my life this year, and it’s Bart that makes it so lovely.

Last weekend, when I got home from my conference, after three days apart, Bart and I were doing something in the kitchen and Bart said, “I feel like we make such a good team. When we’re both here, the division of labor is so easy and natural, it makes life really smooth.”

We are a good team, now more than ever before.

Happy 30th Birthday.

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  • Reply Lexilooo May 4, 2010 at 1:30 pm

    So nice! Happy birthday Bart!

  • Reply Operation Pink Herring May 4, 2010 at 1:42 pm

    I love this. Happy birthday, Bart!

  • Reply Melinda May 4, 2010 at 1:47 pm

    Oh so sweet!!! Happy Birthday Bart!

  • Reply RA May 4, 2010 at 2:05 pm

    I feel the same way about our everyday life. Isn't it awesome to have a real team? You guys should get jerseys or something.

    Happy birthday, Bart!

  • Reply Angella May 4, 2010 at 2:28 pm

    Happy, happy birthday to Bart!

  • Reply Life of a Doctor's Wife May 4, 2010 at 2:46 pm

    So sweet. Marriage is so much about routine and if you can enjoy that, it can be magical.

    Happy birthday to your husband!

  • Reply Jess May 4, 2010 at 3:09 pm

    Aww, this is so sweet. I love what you said about how your life is ordinary, but it feels remarkable. That is exactly how I feel about our life as well. It's a beautiful thing.

    Happy birthday, Bart!

  • Reply Claudia May 4, 2010 at 3:25 pm

    That is so sweet. It only gets better every year. I can attest to that because I have been married 40 years on Sunday. My life is wonderful.

  • Reply Lady Susan May 4, 2010 at 4:04 pm

    Happy Birthday Bart! Yeah for a felicitous marriage. I agree with RA. You two should totally get jerseys. 😉

  • Reply Chelsea May 4, 2010 at 6:36 pm

    How sweet! Tell him Happy Birthday for me!

  • Reply Monica May 4, 2010 at 8:19 pm

    Ohh, how I love you two. Brad and I continue to remark about how much fun it would be to be neighbors.

    Happiest of birthdays, Bart!

  • Reply Ralphie May 4, 2010 at 9:51 pm

    There would be no "BartonJanssen" with out the Bart. You two make a perfect team. We love you guys!

    Happy happy big 3-0 Bart! Come on over to the over side. The water's just fine!

  • Reply Ashley and Dave May 4, 2010 at 9:53 pm

    ew. mushy.
    Happy Birthday Bart!
    Happy 30!

  • Reply Packrat May 4, 2010 at 10:19 pm

    Lovely post. May all your life be this way. Happy birthday to Bart.

  • Reply Angela Noelle of Striking Keys May 4, 2010 at 10:21 pm

    Bring on the mush.


  • Reply Chrissie May 4, 2010 at 10:40 pm

    Such a nice post! Those happy little moments are truly the best.

  • Reply Carole May 4, 2010 at 10:42 pm

    This is the kind of post a mother (and mother-in-law) like to read. As we always say, "Everyone loves Bart." We do too!!

  • Reply Jenae May 5, 2010 at 12:57 am

    You guys make me happy. Hope you have fun celebrating.


  • Reply Bethany May 5, 2010 at 2:08 am

    Oh just stop it already, I am such a sucker for mushy posts like this. You're right, ordinary is bliss. Happy birthday Bart!

  • Reply Nina May 5, 2010 at 1:43 pm

    That's so sweet. Happy Birthday Bart. Fijne verjaardag!

  • Reply Hawke May 5, 2010 at 3:52 pm

    Bart was/is always a good brother. I am glad he is a good husband. I forgot that this is his 30th Birthday. So old and yet so young.

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